crowd pleasers
recipes. tips. photos & random good stuff
sophie gilliatt and katherine westwood are the dinner ladies. we love to cook food that makes people happy - and want to share what we know about stress-free cooking.
0 comments
Sunday 04 October 2015
Gingerbread stars are great to make at Christmas time - you can use them as gifts, or as homemade decorations for the tree. If you have bought a Dinner Ladies gingerbread kit, ignore everything until "Now roll out your dough..."
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/15/christmas-baking
read more...
2 comments
Friday 18 September 2015
This gingerbread house is not for the faint hearted, but wonderful to have a go at. Even if it isn't a total success, disasters are usually more memorable! If you have bought a Dinner Ladies gingerbread kit, ignore the parts of the recipe for making dough and icing.
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/14/gingerbread-house
read more...
0 comments
Wednesday 06 May 2015
We're cooking a paella this week and it's such a happy, festive dish for a crowd that it calls for a Spanish theme to run through dinner. I'm always one for the easy option, particularly when friends come over. I admire but don't quite understand those who try out their most laborious and experimental cooking on guests. Tricksy, weird stuff? That's what my family's for, on sober evenings, when I have my wits about me, not socially stressed and a couple of finos worse for wear. So if I was thinking a dinner with a paella as the main event, I'd keep the bits beforehand very simple: some slices of jamon, a bowl of warmed olives, maybe a few roasted almonds and always some crudites dipped in romesco, that wonderfully versatile and piquant Spanish sauce.
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/13/a-vibrant-piquant-pepper-and-nut-sauce-for-seafood-steak-or-vegetables
read more...
0 comments
Tuesday 24 February 2015
I have a wasteful habit of buying just a little bit more than I need. I go to the shop, I intend to buy two bulbs of fennel, I have a rush of spendthrift blood to the brain, I buy three. Home again, my ancestral Scottish frugality asserts its ginger head, I cook two. This, for the mathematically disinclined, leaves one. The result is not that I have just one sad fennel bulb but a whole fridge full of lonely vegetables, friendless and destined -
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/12/quick-vegetable-pickles
read more...
1 comment
Thursday 05 February 2015
For such an innocent, well-intentioned object, the terrine is subject to a surprising amount of fear and suspicion. I think that people’s pre-conceptions of terrines are that they are: a) Fatty b) Set in spooky aspic and c) Fiddly to the point of ponciness to make.
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/10/chicken-and-pistachio-terrine
read more...